Under fire for its handling of the situation in the Valley, the ruling PDP of Mehbooba Mufti was dealt a body blow Thursday when Srinagar MP Tariq Hameed Karra resigned from his Lok Sabha seat and the party, saying it had gone back on its ideals and was treating people “much worse than Nazi forces”. He also blamed the Centre for adding “fuel to fire” in the Valley with
its “arm-twisting attitude and imperialistic methods”.
One of the founding members of the PDP — with his resignation, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, who represents Baramulla, is the only PDP MP left in Lok Sabha since Mehbooba had quit the Anantnag seat after becoming Chief Minister — Karra said: “As a mark of protest on moral grounds against the brutal policies of the BJP at Centre and the state government’s complete sellout and surrender before them, I have decided to disassociate myself from the primary membership of the PDP and from the membership of Parliament.’’
“In the present tragic circumstances, when people of my homeland are being subjugated to the highest degree of brutalities by a party, which was floated to safeguard the life, property, honour, dignity, self-respect and their political aspirations, made a turnaround and treated its subjects much worse than the Nazi forces. I feel that still continuing with them would be equally subscribing to their administratively inhuman and politically unethical blunders,’’ Karra said.
He targeted the Prime Minister for “pushing the country towards Hinduisation” and “converting the highly publicised Incredible India into Intolerant India”.
Karra said fathers have had to carry the coffins of their young in Kashmir. “My conscience was shaken during the last two months due to PDP’s newly acquired avatar during the present upheaval… The seeds of deceit, discontent and betrayal got sown in the hearts and minds of the people that very day when PDP got into an alliance with the BJP and formed the government.”
Claiming he had warned both Mehbooba and the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed about the “dangerous consequences” of the “unnatural and unethical alliance”, Karra said: “There was no consonance between the coalition partners. Whatever was agreed to be done was not done. And whatever was agreed not to be done was done.”
He listed issues like challenging of Article 370, issue of the state flag, beef, attacks on Kashmiri truckers, harassment of Kashmiri students, Dadri lynching, statements of Sakshi Maharaj, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Sadhvi Prachi, Giriraj Singh, force-feeding of a fasting Muslim manager of Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi as triggers for the current protests.
PDP spokesman Mehboob Beg described Karra’s resignation as “a personal decision” but conceded “it is a shock”.
“Three wars and towering leaders couldn’t resolve the Kashmir issue in the last 70 years and blaming Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for it will be asking too much from her. All the issues are in the Agenda of Alliance document and those can’t be implemented overnight,’’ Beg said.